GLENDALE, AZ. — This is the pregame live blog for the 49ers’ Week 3 road game against the Cardinals. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
10:38 Some Colin Kaepernick statistics for you to consider this morning:
Through two games, Kaepernick currently ranks 15th in completion percentage (64.9) and 11th in yards per attempt (7.9).
Kaepernick also currently ranks 22nd in passer rating (84.6) and 30th in fourth-quarter passer rating (48.5).
11:09 A quarterback who has a lead in the fourth quarter tends to throw shorter passes so his yards per pass attempt typically decreases. This is applies to Kaepernick — his YPA in the 4th quarter was 6.7 last season and is 6.4 this season. Conversely, a QB’s completion percentage usually increases in the fourth quarter when he has a lead because the chains are in favorable down-and-distance situations and the QB can nickel and dime the defense. Kaepernick’s fourth quarter completion percentage is 71.4 this season but it was 51.8 last season.
11:22 Jay Glazer just reported that the refs from last week’s 49ers-Bears game flagged Colin Kaepernick for saying the n-word to Lamarr Houston.
11:33 Vernon Davis is inactive. Vance McDonald, Anthony Davis, Tramaine Brock, Quinton Patton, Tank Carradine and Marcus Martin also are inactive for the Niners. Derek Carrier is starting for Vernon Davis, Jonathan Martin is starting for Anthony Davis and Perrish Cox is starting for Tramaine Brock.
11:35 Carson Palmer is inactive. Dave Zastudil, Victor Butler, Glenn Carson, Alex Okafor, Alameda Ta’amu and Rob Housler are inactive as well for the Cards. Drew Stanton is starting for Palmer, Troy Niklas is starting for Housler and Sam Acho is starting for John Abraham.
11:39 Now that we know who is and isn’t active, I predict the 49ers will beat the Cardinals 19-17.
11:47 Expect the Cardinals to double cover Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree frequently and to cover Derek Carrier with a linebacker.
11:49 The 49ers’ offense virtually gained nothing on their Wham and Trap runs last week against the Bears. Those runs typically are Frank Gore’s big gainers.
11:50 Does Drew Stanton remind anyone of Kirk Cousins?
11:51 The Cardinals’ offensive line as given up 15 pressures and 6 sacks through the first two games of this season according to Pro Football Focus.
12:55 Ten minutes until game time.